- What is the Sports Medicine Club?
The Sports Medicine Club is a group dedicated to understanding, exploring, and volunteering in the branch of podiatry that not only deals with athletes, but all of those who pursue an active lifestyle. Our Mission Statement includes essentially three parts: Academic, Service, and Activity.
- Why should I join the Sports Medicine Club?
The Sports Medicine Club has a lot to offer. For those in their 1st-3rd years here at NYCPM, we are dedicated to providing opportunities to get involved in athletic events and otherwise, that wouldn't otherwise be available to you. You get to enjoy getting to know your classmates and faculty on a more casual level as you participate with them in sporting events, and also recreational activities created by and for the Sports Medicine Club members. You will become knowledgeable in certain areas that even practicing podiatrist don't know a lot about. Including, running shoe types and fitting, and sport specific injuries you wouldn't otherwise be introduced to. In addition you will get the opportunity to stay on top of the latest periodicals by volunteering to do a journal club presentation. These presentations will prepare you better for 4th year and residency, as that same format will be implemented. The Sports Medicine Club will help you better prepare for your future as a DPM.
- I heard club dues are $10, what does the money go toward?
The money from the club goes straight back into the club. We are starting intramurals this season, and we are going to need funding to rent the fields every week. Sporting equipment will be accumulated as well with the funding. Food, drinks that will be provided at the events will be provided by the Sports Medicine Club. Everything we raise will be used to further the cause of the club.
- Sounds great, how do I sign up?
It's easy just go to your 2nd year or 3rd year representatives ask to sign the roster. You only become an official member when you pay your dues. At which time, you will be given a receipt that ensures enrollment.
- How do I find out about the newest events taking place?
Just go to all the links on the events page and navigate. There is something for everybody. If you want to see far in advance or a month at a glance, you can just go to the calendar on the website or view the student club's display case on the 2nd floor.
- What is the AAPSM?
The AAPSM is the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. They have both student and doctor chapters. The sight has a lot of information about the field as well as a list of podiatrists that are either associates or fellows in the group.
- Why should I join the AAPSM?
There are many benefits to joining the AAPSM. A few of these include, receiving a quarterly publication from the organization, being the recipient of visits from club members to do presentations and more. If we as a school support this program in great numbers, they will be more willing to help us out when we want something done. For example, the California school published a book that was paid for entirely by the AAPSM, just because they had a large student chapter.
- How do I become a member of the AAPSM?
We have a link to the website, where you can personally acquire a form to fill out. Or you can contact one of the officers via email to request a form.
- How much does it cost to join the AAPSM?
They are practically giving the membership away. As a physician it costs over a hundred dollars, but for us it is only $10.
- I want to go to a residency that specializes/focuses on sports medicine. Where can I find out about that information?
Right now the field of podiatric residencies it taking a shift towards surgery rather than sports medicine. The best thing to do is to do your own research to find out which programs are affiliated with sports research/treatments. A lot of the training and knowledge you obtain about the field, should come from a personal interest. You need to make your own mini externship. Familiarize yourself with names in the field that are big, and spend a week in their office. If you have a passion for the field, you can make it happen for yourself, because not a lot of programs emphasize sports medicine.
- What about fellowships in sports medicine?
Currently there are only a few spots that are available in the U.S. for podiatry. One of them is in Florida, one is near Seattle, and there are 2 in California. They are very competitive, so it behooves you to get involved early to set yourself apart.
- What if I don't get a fellowship in sports medicine, can I still practice it?
Absolutely. Many of the faculty here at NYCPM didn't do fellowships in sports medicine, but ended up working for professional sports teams and dance companies. The important thing is knowledge and experience. That is why this club was formed, to increase your awareness, and also to give you experience where you might not otherwise get it.
- I have something I want the club to do, but I am not an officer how can I relay that?
Under the contact us link, there is a list of all the Sports Medicine Club Officers. You can email anyway one of us, and we will bring up your suggestions in the our meeting.
- How long will it take after I order a t-shirt or hoody to get it?
It just depends. Some things we can order immediately and can get to the members within a week or so, and other might take a little bit of time, due to the fact that you have to order in bulk, and so we will have to wait until the order is large enough to send out.